History of the Memorial
The Marine Corps Memorial honors the overall service of the United States Marines as well as specific units, special corps (such as medical corpsmen and women in the U.S.M.C.) and various wars. There is a time capsule to be opened in 2076 at the center of the Circle of Honor. There is ample parking available for daily visitors. The memorial is available from dawn to dusk.
Type of Memorial: United States Marine Corps Memorial
Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Southwest Asia, Iraq (Enduring Freedom)
In Honor Of: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS SINCE NOVEMBER 10, 1775
On August 24, 1977
General Louis H. Wilson
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Dedicated this site as a
Marine Corps Memorial
in memory of all marines
who have served their
On December 22, 1976, a time
capsule was emplaced below this
spot to opened during the
tri-centennial year 2076.
There are many markers. The “Walk of Valor” is comprised of a stone for each of the six Marine Divisions set in sequence from the 1st Division through the 6th Division. Each Division determined the wording for their stone. As multiple Divisions participated in many wars and battles at the same time, it would be impossible to try to create a chronological timeline from the inscriptions. Each Division's representatives selected the wording and highlights they felt were representative of their Division's accomplishments.
1st Marine Division Association
4th Marine Regiment
Fourth Marine Division Assoc WWII
Second Marine Division Association
Fifth Marine Division WWII
3rd Marine Division
Organized September 16, 1942
Bougainville - Guam - Iwo Jima
6th Marine Division
The Four Marine Air Wings will be recognized with stones on the “Walk of Valor” as funds allow.
The boulders with plaques in the “Circle of Honor” are a tribute to special related elements that at one time or another served with all six divisions in critical support capacities. The stones/plaques acknowledge each element's contributions to achieving the mission. Although not placed in sequence due to sporadic timing of recognition, the dates of dedication is as good as any for sequencing, with the Navy Corpsman stone/plaque being the first and most strongly felt and critically essential.
To the Amphibious Forces
who, standing in harm's way,
transported Marine to their areas of operation
throughout the world.
Thank You for your unwavering
loyalty and service.
In Memory of Women Marines
Donated by Colorado Columbine Chapter
Woman Marines Associations
Dedicated with everlasting gratitude
All U.S. Marines
to the U.S.Navy Hospital Corpsmen
who served with the Fleet Marine Force
with courage, compassion and disctinction.
Dedicated 4 July 1982.
Dedicated in recognition and deep
Appreciation to the War Dogs
whose loyalty, bravery and dedication
have saved many Marine lives
on the battle field
May 25th, 2015
In Recognition and Appreciation of the
United States Navy Seabees
For Their Contributions to the
United States Marine Corps
In recognition and appreciation
of the United States Navy Chaplains
for their spiritual guidance and inspiration
to the United States Marines
in their times of trial
May 25th, 2015